Release date: 3/28/2018
Jiří Bělohlávek Conducts 2016 Performance Starring Karita Mattila, Malin Byström, William Burden and Scott Quinn
KDFC Jenufa archival braodcast 2018.pdf Photos Available
The ongoing partnership between the Bay Area’s Classical KDFC and San Francisco Opera continues with a broadcast of Leoš Janáček’s Jenůfa on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at 8 p.m. Captured live at the War Memorial Opera House in June 2016, the performance stars Finnish soprano Karita Mattila as Kostelnička, Swedish soprano Malin Byström in the title role, American tenor William Burden as Laca Klemeň, American tenor Scott Quinn as Števa Buryja and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra led by renowned Janáček interpreter Jiří Bělohlávek in one of his final performances before his passing last year. KDFC radio announcer Dianne Nicolini hosts the archival broadcast presentation, which will be available for streaming on demand at kdfc.com up to four weeks after the April 1 air date.
Sung in Czech, Jenůfa, which had its world premiere in Brno in 1904, follows a young woman’s coming of age and the morally conflicted stepmother who attempts to protect her honor. San Francisco Opera’s presentation of the work during the summer of 2016 in Olivier Tambosi’s production was proclaimed “a success of magnificent proportions” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Mattila, an acclaimed Jenůfa earlier in her career, brought “dramatic power and vocal authority” (Mercury News) to her arresting portrayal of Kostelnička. The cast also featured Malin Bystrӧm in her Company and role debuts as Jenůfa and tenors William Burden and Scott Quinn in role debuts as Laca and Števa, respectively. Czech conductor Bělohlávek’s conducting “abounded in rhythmic drive” praised the Financial Times.
*For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.